Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Illegal logging VS Law of Jungle

The issue of illegal logging whiles primarily an issue in the law enforcement world but has emerged as a very hot topic.

The issue seems to be receiving more public attention lately due to the occurring of global warming which resulting the awareness of the environmental issues not only gains its momentum but become social agenda.

Datuk Razani Ujang, Director General of Forestry Dept. Peninsular M'sia

The logging protocol defines illegal logging as the harvest, transportation, purchase or sale of timber in violation of laws. It is a pervasive problem; it not only destroys the country’s unique rainforests, but also causes a series of environmental problems including flooding, local communities and to the economies of the country.

The activities contribute to deforestation and by extension global warming causes loss of biodiversity and undermines the rule of law. These illegal activities undermine responsible forest management, encourage corruption and tax evasion and reduce the income of the country, further limiting the resources that can be invested in sustainable development.

The seriousness and negative impact of the economic and social implications for the poor and disadvantaged shouldn’t be overlooked. Malaysia has been blessed with an abundance of tropical rainforests. Many forested areas in Malaysia have been designated as National Parks and forest reserves.

Many Malaysians might not be aware that the forests that they are so used to is actually complex ecosystems that are filled with an assortment of plant life and wildlife. Malaysia has always done its best in fighting against illegal logging.

It is interesting to note that Forestry Department has taken various measures to overcome the problems. Let’s see what Datuk Razani Ujang, Director General of Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia responding to the problem and says about the issues in the Star, the biggest circulation newspaper in Malaysia…

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